"The Hawaii Experience Helicopter Tour" Hawaii (Big Island) Things to Do Tip by KiKitC
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Originally, our itinerary did not include a helicopter tour, as it isn't inexpensive at all. But, now I have to say, is one of the best ways to see the Big Island. Face it, the island is expansive, and takes a bit of driving to see all of what you can see from the air.
We chose the "Hawaii Experience" tour...two hours of heavenly views. First, our pilot took us 11,000 feet over the mountains, over Kilauea Crater, then down by the lava flows by the ocean. There wasn't any surface lava when we were there, so we got to see it reaching the ocean through tubes. Then, off to the rainforest side of the island, our pilot flew us past waterfalls and cliffs, and even flew into a valley where waterfalls filled every view all around. It was remarkable to see the colors in the water of the reefs, and I swear you could see the fish...
Oh...bring lots of film. We brought our digital and took over 350 pictures just during the tour.
Paradise Helicopters also offers other packages, such as a "door's off" experience, to really get close to the lava, and another where they land at a waterfall with a fresh water pool that is only accesible by boat or helicopter, so you get to swim there practically alone.
Directions: It couldn't be easier. Go to the Kona airport, but instead of going to the terminals, follow the signs for "Air Tours"
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